August 30, 2017 / 4:40 PM / a year ago

U.S. flood insurance program received 35,000 claims as of noon Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government-run U.S. flood insurance program had already received 35,000 claims as of noon on Wednesday as a result of catastrophic flooding in Texas, according to the program’s director.

FILE PHOTO: Lisa Rehr holds her four-year old son Maximus, after they lost their home to Hurricane Harvey, as they await to be evacuated with their belongings from Rockport, Texas, U.S. August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

“This is a very fast clip for them to move,” said Roy Wright, deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation at the Federal Emergency Management Agency who runs the flood insurance program.

Reporting by Julia Harte. Writing by Ginger Gibson.; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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